Community honors fallen soldier

By Nicole Bell - bio | email

HOPEWELL, VA (NBC12) - Memorial Day is about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

On Saturday, dozens gathered in Hopewell for a memorial service in honor of 30-year-old Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers.

Myers was killed in action in April.

"I just miss him," said Phillip's father Eddie Myers.

The airmen's family line the front row in the auditorium at Hopewell High.

It's where Myers attended school.

Behind the family, dozens of strangers, friends, and former classmates of the fallen soldier.

"He was our classmate, it's like a big family, so losing one is like losing a brother or sister," said former classmate Alton Jamison.

Myers died on April 4th while serving in Afghanistan.

Family members of Myers say they'll remember him as a good guy.

Someone who did for others and died doing what he loved.

High school students who could have been doing anything on this Saturday say it was important for them to be here today.

"Just to show respect because he worked for the country. We decided to be here for him," said participant Donald Bugg.

Another student who attended the service never met Myers but says he feels connected to the airmen.

18-year-old Maximous Mickels just enlisted into the Army.

"If I die in battle I'd want someone to come to my memorial and remember me," he said.

The Myers family says it's important to never forget any our service men and woman who made the ultimate sacrafice.

Myers return home garnered national attention.

The media was allowed to cover the arrival of his casket at Dover Air Force base in Delaware.

It was the first public viewing of a U.S. war casket in 18 years.

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